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Star Wars: Episode VII to shoot at Pinewood Studios

Star Wars

Story by Jack Foley

WALT Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot at Pinewood Studios, it has been revealed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be shot at the studio home of the James Bond franchise.

A representative for Pinewood Shepperton declined to comment on the story, citing company policy to not comment on specific projects, while a Disney rep was also out of reach.

But the trade magazine is confident that Episode VII now has a home and is expected to start shooting in early 2014.

Director JJ Abrams has already revealed that he plans to move to London at the end of the year to commence work on the keenly-anticipated project, with Pinewood located within easy reach of the capital.

Pinewood has a rich movie history under its belt and, just last year, played host to Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning Les Miserables. It has always been a front-runner to land the new Star Wars film.

Star Wars: Episode VII is currently scheduled for a 2015 release, while the eighth and ninth installments are expected to follow in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

All six previous Star Wars movies have included at least some production work in the UK, at studios including Elstree, Shepperton, Leavesden, Ealing and Pinewood.

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